Shenmue 4 doesn’t look like it’s happening anytime soon, but in the meantime, we have the upcoming Shenmue: The Animation from CruncyRoll & Adult Swim, which has received its first trailer overnight.
Seen below, the trailer features accurate recreations of key scenes from the Shenmue games, including Lan Di killing Ryo’s father at the beginning of Shenmue and Ryo’s battle with the Gollum-like Chai.
We’re not quite sure how far the anime will cover in terms of the games, although Shenmue 1 & 2 are definitely in there. Perhaps future seasons will cover Shenmue 3 and beyond, especially if Yu Suzuki is intent on wrapping up the game’s story in this medium.
Shenmue: The Animation is scheduled for release in 2022, and from the look of the trailer, it’s shaping up rather nicely indeed.
Suzuki-san finally got to bring Shenmue 3 to fruition in November 2019 after a 17-year wait, and you can read our full review of the game here.